With Christmas only a few days away, some of us are starting to think about and prepare for our Christmas dinner. Let’s face it food is a massive part of Christmas day and the day we have the dinner of all dinners – Turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, Brussel sprouts (even if you hate them it’s a tradition to have them on your plate), roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and all the other trimmings!
With all of the commotion and excitement in the kitchen, you can bet that your dog is going to be somewhere close by enjoying their Christmas presents and keeping at least one eye on all of the food moving around the kitchen, enjoying the enticing scents in the air and hoping they are going to enjoy what is cooking. Well with this Christmas home-made dog dinner recipe their hopes will pay off and they will be wishing every day was Christmas.
Christmas day is a day filled with excitement, family and love and it is also a day where time in the kitchen is at a high! So a question you may have is “will I have the time on Christmas day to do this?” Well not to worry with this recipe as you can pre-make this tasty meal for your dog and pop it into your fridge or freezer ready to get it out on Christmas day.
The following recipe can be served raw if you raw feed, or simply cook the ingredients for your dog to enjoy if you do not feed them raw.
Turkey & all the trimmings recipe
Meat & Bone – Turkey breast, Turkey wings, pork belly or pork mince.
Offal – Turkey offal can be hard to source, so for their offal, we suggest lamb liver.
Vegetables – Brussel sprouts, Cranberries, Carrot, Broccoli.
Herbs & Supplements – Sage, kelp flakes.
Bone Broth Jellies - Natural Bone Broth or Beef/Chicken stock with no additives and Agar Agar.
Note: If you are new to preparing home-made raw dog dinners and are unsure of the weights of each ingredient types you will need for your dog's weight, please see our ‘Homemade BARF meal guide’ for help.
Your dog's bowl or a container if you are pre-making their meal.
Cut your vegetables - First, weigh your vegetables. We use a food processor for chopping our ingredients as it can produce smaller cuts and helps you dog to digest them. If you do not have a food processor you can dice the vegetables into small portions. Once cut place into your dog’s bowl or container.
Cut your offal – Weigh to the correct portion for your dog and add to their bowl or container.
Meat and Bone – You can either chop all of your meat or put through a mincer. The Turkey wings can be left whole for your dog to eat, so can be placed into their bowl without cutting. (Please be aware of the size of your dog and the size of the bones you give them)
Optional extra - "pigs wrapped in seaweed" as bacon can be extremely salty and not great for a dogs system. If you have a mincer, simply mince the pork belly or pork mince with some sage and then roll in kelp seaweed.
Note: We would advise laying down the mat in which you would use for giving them a raw meaty bone as they can remove it from their bowl to eat it!
Bone Broth Jellies - Boil 200ml of bone broth or natural stock, add 2 grams of agar agar and set into your moulds.
Add your herbs and supplements – As this is for one meal we would advise a small sprinkle of the sage and kelp flakes. NOTE: If you have used your sage and kelp flakes in your recipe already there is no need to add.
Call your dog (if they are not waiting around for it already!) and serve them their own traditional tasty homemade dog Christmas dinner or wait until the whole family is sitting down for dinner and give them theirs at the same time.
Merry Christmas to all and we at Aurora Pets hope you have a wonderful festive season.